Mar 18, 2013 12:30am PDT
markets are in a bubble right now, and that the economy is recovering. >> we still have a lot of work to do. but there doesn't seem to be any push to create a crisis over the debt limit or over shutting down the government. i think that's helpful. we've had economic data come out for quite a while now showing that we have a resilient economy that is growing. >> retail sales were growing. they came in better than expected for the month of february, rising 1.1%, the best numbers since september. analysts were concerned about the impact of gasoline prices and the increase in the payroll tax for us, but consumers are still spending money. important because that makes up about 70% of america's economic growth. and if you're looking for something new to buy, samsung will be happy to oblige. introducing its new galaxy 4 smartphone this week. the phone features a five-inch screen, a larger battery and a screen you don't have to touch, but just hover your fingers over. samsung is apple's main competition in the smartphone market. >>> well, the markets setting new records almost every day,
Mar 25, 2013 12:30am PDT
important this year is we've had these three consecutive mid-year slowdowns in the economy. we had it in 2010, 2011, 2012. everyone is on the lookout for it again. i think what the fed has been doing represents a key difference between those three years and now, because then we had stopping and starting with qe. you had end dates. so you had the market in anticipation of ending and then wondering whether they were going to pick it back up again. because this is open-ended, i think the fuel that it provides is longer lasting and represents a key difference in part of the reason why i think we'll avoid this fourth consecutive slowdown. >> heidi, the other big story of the week is cyprus, of course. cyprus a tiny company. a big banking system that is a big percentage of the gdp of that tiny country. so how does this play out? how do you think this gets resolved? and should we worry about an impact in the united states? >> well, we definitely shouldn't worry that it's going to impact the united states, because we have different rules here. what happened in cyprus is europe likes drama.